Impressive Mookite Jasper Carving of a Rooster--"The Strutting Peacock of the Chinese Zodiac"
By Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
2014 is the year of the Rooster and this fine carving is sure to attract those born in this year. Quick thinkers who are practical and resourceful, they prefer to stick to what is tried and true rather than taking unnecessary risks. Keenly observant, it is difficult to slip anything past a Rooster, since they seem to have eyes in the backs of their heads! This quality can lead others to think the Rooster is psychic, but that's not generally the case; instead, this Sign enjoys a keen attention to detail that makes it a whiz at anything requiring close analysis. The present example is a fully life-sized lapidary figure, carved of an Australian variety of jasper known as Mookite, the rich natural variations in hues of the material are fully exploited to depict the impressive bird. With Russian black obsidian under plumage beneath the gold vermeil feathers, on gold vermeil feet. Raised on an oval black marble base. Height 23in